Banff Mountain Film Festival – March 1 & 2


The Banff Mountain Film Festival has amazing stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe. Once again SGWA brings the US Tour, featuring audience favourites and special tour edits, to Redlands, CA. Film dates are Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd, 2019, at the Fox Event Centre. Don’t miss it! Tickets remain $20; or purchase a $25 membership to SGWA and receive a free ticket.

Click here to order tickets.

Federal Government Shutdown

All Forest Service offices are closed due to the Federal Government Shutdown that went into effect Friday night, December 21 2018.

The Mill Creek office is closed until further notice. Permit requests cannot be processed at this time. We hope to be back to normal processing again once the Federal Government resolves the current issue.

December SGWA Newsletter

The December SGWA newsletter is out. Many of our outstanding volunteers are mentioned – take a look! And be sure to read John Flippin’s article about rebuilding the Fish Creek Trail. That was – and continues to be – a major effort to restore, after the damage caused by the Lake Fire.
Download it here – SGWA Newsletters

Winter Weather is Here

STAY SAFE!
RESCUES IN THE WILDERNESS CAN BE AVOIDED.
FOLLOW A FEW SIMPLE RULES

Stay together – do not leave your group,

Be prepared –  Carry Flashlight, Map, Food,  Water and Clothing

Be trail aware – Watch your surroundings, the trail looks different when you are coming back down. Turn around take a look, establish points of reference, a mountain top you can see or a particular rock formation, that will take you home. TAKE A MAP.  Many people are lost leaving the San Gorgonio Summit because they miss the trail going back to Vivian. Instead they end up miles from where they should be.  Watch for trail junctions, don’t just follow your feet without looking up.

Leave your itinerary –Make sure you tell someone where you are planning to go and when you’ll be back.

Winter conditions  – Be prepared for all weather conditions. Days change quickly from pleasant to snow and ice. Take warm clothing and equipment so you can stay overnight should you have to.  Days are short and nights are very cold.  Must have crampons/and Alpine boots, trails are iced and very dangerous.

Save the Date – Give BIG October 30

October 30 is the Give BIG San Bernardino County fundraiser. For 24 hours, every hour a prize is given to one organization that has received a donation during that hour.

If you donate $10 to the online Give BIG site during that time we could win up to $800! Last year we won $1600 in prizes!

If you are considering donating to SGWA this year – it’s tax deductible! – please consider doing so on October 30. If you can’t donate that day or would rather not donate online, give us a call at 909-382-2906.

Give BIG SGWA

Barton Flats Season Ends and Mill Creek hours changing

Barton Flats Visitor Center will be closing after Sunday September 30th for the rest of the season and will not be reopening until May 2019.

Also beginning immediately, Mill Creek Visitor Center will be closed on Mondays for the rest of the year. Permits received will be processed Thursdays – Sundays.

For more information please contact the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882

All Wilderness Trails Reopened

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Zach Behrens, 909-382-2788

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The Valley Fire Closure Area will be lifted on today, Thursday, August 30, 2018, San Bernardino National Forest officials have announced. The action, which is officially the termination of Forest Order 12-18-06, effectively reopens all portions of the San Gorgonio Wilderness previously closed due to the Valley Fire, which began on July 6 near the community of Forest Falls, Calif.
While the 1,350-acre fire with 82% containment remains in steep, inaccessible terrain, recent hot spells and dry weather have not produced any new smoke or flame activity. The fire remains in patrol status with full containment expected after the first significant precipitation event of fall or winter. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.
Trails to reopen include San Bernardino Peak, Momyer and Foresee Creek, and previously booked permits for overnight camping in the wilderness will remain valid.
Hikers with questions about the reopening can call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882, Thursdays through Mondays or the forest headquarters at 909-382-2600 Mondays through Fridays. To keep updated on the Valley Fire, check InciWeb, the forest Twitter account and the Valley Fire Updates Facebook group.

Mill Creek Cleanup Saturday September 8th!

Join SGWA volunteers at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area on Saturday September 8, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. to help us clean up the picnic and creek areas. Come and meet Smokey Bear! Everyone is welcome! Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile – we’ll provide snacks and beverages. Learn about Leave No Trace and help restore Mill Creek to its natural beauty.   See you there!

August Newsletter

Although the Valley Fire put a stop to many of our activities, SGWA still did a lot of work during the last quarter. Read all about it in the August newsletter.

2018 Forest Festival Saturday August 18, 2018

Each year in mid-August the SGWA presents the annual Forest Festival at Barton Flats, a day for the public to get a taste of the Forest. Volunteers provide camping and fishing tips, puppet shows, and crafts. Smokey Bear provides a warm welcome to all visitors. Forest fest 2018 Flyer